Tyson Fury makes new retirement claim ahead of Francis Ngannou fight

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Tyson Fury makes new retirement claim ahead of Francis Ngannou fight
Tyson Fury makes new retirement claim ahead of Francis Ngannou fight

Tyson Fury has admitted he could retire from boxing after his crossover fight against Francis Ngannou.

Fury is set for a unique challenge in his next fight as he faces UFC champion Ngannou on October 29 in Saudi Arabia. The Brit's heavyweight title won't be on the line in his fight as Ngannou, who makes his professional boxing debut on the night, is not ranked by the WBC.

'The Gypsy King' hung up his gloves after winning the unified heavyweight titles against Wladimir Klitschko in 2015 with his second retirement coming last April after he knocked out Dillian Whyte. A third retirement could soon be on the cards for Fury as he said on Heart Breakfast : "Who knows how long I've got left. Maybe not long, maybe a year maybe two years maybe one fight who knows.

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"One thing I do know is I'm going to enjoy every minute that I have left, every fight that I have left I'm taking it all in and enjoying it. I want my kids there, my little boys walk me out and stuff and I'm very happy with where I am in my life and that I'm in a position where I can give them this excitement.

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"I think every fighter knows when it's time to walk away. They always leave it too long anyway, but I'm sure I'll make the right decision. Like you say, I've got a lot to do in my life. I got a lot of kids and I need to be in the right mind. I don't need to be getting injured or whatever."

Tyson Fury makes new retirement claim ahead of Francis Ngannou fightTyson Fury has retired and returned to boxing on numerous occasions (Getty Images)

Fury ballooned up to almost 400lb two years after winning the unified heavyweight titles against Klitschko. After battling numerous mental health issues, he then ditched alcohol and junk food to focus on making his ring return. Fury made his boxing return in 2018 by beating Sefer Seferi and Francesco Pianeta before fighting to a controversial draw with Deontay Wilder.

The Brit also insisted he was done with boxing on his 34th birthday last August but his retirement lasted just two weeks as he backtracked on his decision to pursue an undisputed fight against Oleksandr Usyk. The rivals were set to meet at the end of the year but they failed to reach an agreement as Usyk will now face Daniel Dubois whilst Fury takes on Ngannou.

Harry Davies

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